Local Rogers Scholar Promotes Mental Health Awareness

Amy Clark, the daughter of Tanya Parrett Clark of Brodhead, Kentucky and Steve Clark of Fort Collins,
Colorado, was Rockcastle County’s 2018 Rogers Scholar Representative. Upon completion of the Rogers
Scholars Program, the Scholars are required to design and complete a community service project. For
her community service project, Amy sold mental health awareness t-shirts in order to raise mental health
awareness in her community and beyond. She donated the $500 profit from the project to Rockcastle
County Regional Hospital’s Miracle Fund. The money was earmarked to be utilized for mental health and
behavioral health patients. This fund is set up to provide patients at the hospital with whatever they may

Since Amy was 13 years old, she has had a passion for mental health care, due to past mental health
issues within her family. This encouraged her to pursue a career as a mental health counselor when she
enters college in the Fall of 2020. Amy said, “Due to my passion and love for mental health and mental
health care, this project meant a great deal to me. The money is going to an amazing cause. I know it will
help so many patients with behavioral and mental health issues. My family has a history of mental health
issues. That’s one reason why mental health and this project means so much to me. I want to bring
awareness to, and end the stigma of, mental health issues. Knowing that I made such a difference in my
community brightens my heart.”

When asked about her experience at Rogers Scholars, Amy stated, “As an upcoming freshman and as an
upcoming junior, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in both the Rogers Explorers Program and
the Rogers Scholars Program. Both of these experiences were two of the best times of my life. I gained
knowledge, skills, and friendships that will last forever.”

Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, (KY-05), and other
leaders, The Center for Rural Development is a nonprofit organization fueled by a mission to provide
leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way
of life in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. In its 45-county primary service region, The Center provides
innovative programs in leadership, public safety, technology, and arts and culture. The Center is
committed to constantly expanding its capabilities in order to deliver a range of key services throughout
Kentucky and the nation.

Rogers Scholars- The Center’s flagship youth program- is open to high school sophomore students in
Southern and Eastern Kentucky seeking to build their leadership and entrepreneurial skills. The program
provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for young people to
fulfill their potential as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders. For more
information on the Rogers Scholars program, please visit centeryouthprograms.com or call 606-677-6000.

Amy Clark